what i bought

Screen Shot 2015-08-13 at 2.51.44 PMNow that summer is technically winding down, my favourite season is just around the corner! Sweet, sweet fall. With its short dresses, long leggings, cute jackets, boho scarves, and leather boots. It’s time to put your sense of style on display, rather than your bikini body. Helloooo, cooler weather and fashion!

ThreadSence recently had an amazing deal where if you were to spend $150, you would receive $50 dollars off. I took them up on that offer, and ended up purchasing three dresses for the price of two!

Here are my latest buys:

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1. Southwest Skies Embroidered Dress

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2. Catalina Island Floral Dress

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3. Cutting Class Babydoll Dress

What are your back to school go-to sites?



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potomac trading post : in the store

PTP Shoot 1

These items are available in the store:

PTP - Store Shoot 1.6☞ Band Of Gypsies Dress

☞ SHOPBOP Twisted Wire Bracelet


PTP - Store Shoot 1.5☞ GUESS Shirt

☞ Vintage Jarman Benchmark Shoes

PTP - Store Shoot 1.4I’m revamping my store website to include more clothing items for men. Happy shopping!



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home & harvest

HomeHarvest1Many of my HSB fans are aware of the fact that I am also a freelance writer, and have written for a small number of publications around North America. I steadily write for one of my more favourite online magazines, which is entitled HaveHeart. Very recently, the magazine has gone from being solely online to newly printed format! What’s more, in the first week alone, 5000 copies of HaveHeart were picked up by readers. Apparently this number was expected to last two months. Hey, the sky’s the limit when it comes to dreaming big.

HomeHarvest4While this news should warrant a post in itself, the same woman that does 99% of the behind-the-scenes work herself for HaveHeart, has bravely chosen to create another printed magazine to target a much different audience. This captivating publication is called Home & Harvest. The caption for the new magazine says that it’s “devoted to celebrating the lovely life and community of the Palouse!” 

Heather, my editor of both mags, picked two of my DIYs that were once featured in HaveHeart, and had them published in the premiere issue of Home & Harvest!

HomeHarvest2One was the Wood and Wire DIY.

HomeHarvest3The other was the Make Your Own Snow Globe. Little did I know that upon creating it nearly one year ago, that it would eventually land me a regular writing position for two magazines.

This month’s issue features my Reindeer Plate Tutorial.

HomeHarvest5The first issue of Home & Harvest turned out just beautifully, and the second was very recently put into print. Heather and her husband Tony are doing such an amazing job. I can only imagine how difficult, stressful, time-consuming, and yet, fun and rewarding it must be to have not only one circulating magazine, but now two! I most definitely feel proud every time that I see my own name in print, and I look forward to collecting these monthly issues and adding them to my own collection of freelance work.

Please take your time and read Home & Harvest. If you like my blog, then I know that you will love this magazine!



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a summer of change.

BeFunky_untitled.jpgI am probably going to annoy certain family members with this post today, but I’ve been learning to trust my instincts in regards to blogging and to treat it like a diary when I need to get things off my chest. Don’t worry though followers, I will not drag you down. :-)))

At the beginning of the summer, I came across a meme on Instagram that said ‘let this be the one summer that changes you’. When I read that, I said to myself, “yes, let it.” I had plans to travel, to have loads of fun, and to be carefree. It turns out that my summer went in the opposite direction. Consequently, the sequence of events that occured over the past few months have allowed me, for the first time in my life, to blossom into a strong young woman. While I am aware that I still have many faults and triggers of weakness, I am significantly more confident coming out of the summer than I was going in.

As I near the end of my 28th year on this planet, I have come to realize that I have come a long way since my beginnings. Mostly over the past three months. This summer I took on building a house, opening up a retail store, moving back in with my parents, quitting my position at the library and taking another one, dealing with Holly’s numerous health problems, and fighting repeatedly with certain family members, all for the first time. For those of you who think that family should be there for love and support and should never fight, I think that you are mistaken. There’s a reason that both words begin with the letter ‘f’. Not to mention another bad word. I have always known that friends come and go and thought that family would always be there for me. This is not the case at all. This summer I was betrayed by certain members on both sides of my family. Instead of ignoring the problem like I usually do and hiding my feelings, I decided to stand up for myself. I bravely chose to cut off communication with those family members. Do you know what? The world did not end, nor did I feel any guilt. Just the opposite. For the first time in over five years I have learned to let go of my negative feelings associated with these people, and to move on. While I wish that I did have their love and respect, not having it was incredibly painful. Their constant criticism was draining and their blatant actions to ignore me and what is important in my life was beyond hurtful.

While some may view this as running away from the problem, I see it as the opposite. For years I tried to mend things but in the end it was they who did not want to meet me halfway. Or even a quarter of the way. I feel as if I could do no more to fix these relationships. 

While things may change in the future, and I do hope that someday they will, right now I could not be more relieved. I no longer worry about them or what they think of me. I am living proof that no one should be dragged down by negative relationships, whether it is your friends or your family. You cannot change someone or make them like you if they do not want to. At some point you just need to say that you are done.

In the end, it did turn out to be an amazing summer of change because I learned an invaluable life lesson. I learn to be strong, to stand up for what I believe in, and above all, to take shit from no one.



potomac trading post, ltd. webpage and launch.

PTP LogoHello, October! I cannot quite believe that you are here. Not only does today mark the first day of the new month, but it also marks the eve of the launch of Potomac Trading Post, Ltd. That’s right, friends and family, PTP will be opening its doors on Thursday, October 2!

10Why tomorrow you may be wondering? Well if you take a peek at my Store Hours, you’ll notice that I’ll only be open Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, from 11 am until 6 pm. Tomorrow marks this first Thursday of the month, so I thought that it would be a great day to launch my new store.

12Feel free to take a look at the website, and please stay awhile! You can read my back story on the About page, see my Vintage items, Handmade items, and Clothing for Men and Women. I also have a Photography page and an Instagram account. All of these pages will be updated on a daily basis, so check back often!

WritingPadI offer worldwide shipping on most items. If anything catches your eye, you can either buy it through its direct link, or else email me at potomactradingpost@gmail.com, and I will send you an invoice for any items that you may fancy. How cool is that?

Have a good Wednesday, everybody! Wish me luck!



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